How to Fold a State Flag

The Ohio flag is the only state flag that is not rectangular.

If you find yourself regularly dealing with flags, it is important to learn the proper way to fold them. The way you fold a flag is a sign of respect for the entity for which it stands. Folding a state flag might seem difficult at first; the Ohio flag can be especially tricky, since it is not rectangular and must be folded in a special way. With a little bit of practice, though, it is quite easy.

1 Folding the Ohio Flag

2 Fold the Ohio flag in half length-wise

Fold the Ohio flag in half length-wise, aligning the points of the flag, then fold it in half a second time. You should have a long strip with the red circle facing the ground.

3 Fold the pointed end of the flag back

Fold the pointed end of the flag back onto itself to form a rectangle. You should now have performed three folds.

4 Fold two inches

Fold two inches of this rectangle back onto itself, then fold two more inches an additional 13 times, alternating the folds in a fan-like manner.

5 Wrap the remaining length

Wrap the remaining length of flag around the folds to form a compact rectangle.

6 Folding Other State Flags

7 Fold the flag in half width-wise twice

Fold the flag in half width-wise twice, to form a long rectangle.

8 Make a triangular fold

Make a triangular fold, beginning from the part of the flag that is furthest away from the hoist and folding the closed corner of the flag towards the open corner.

9 Fold the triangle

Fold the triangle back to create a new horizontal edge, then repeat the process, folding one triangle after another until the entire length of the flag has been folded back and only a small rectangular tab remains.

10 Tuck the rectangular tab

Tuck the rectangular tab inside the folds to keep the flag from unraveling.

Laurel Storm has been writing since 2001, and helping people with technology for far longer than that. Some of her articles have been published in "Messaggero dei Ragazzi", an Italian magazine for teenagers. She holds a Master of Arts in writing for television and new media from the University of Turin.